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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2008)
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap in tulip glass at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed golden orange with a frothy head which slowly dissipates into a nicely retained film.

Plenty of funk, pumpkin, spice and a little sweet in the nose.

Begins with a nice round sourness coupled with some spiciness. Pumpkin is light and underpronounced, which is great for me. A little oaky and sweeter towards the end. Finished very dry and tart.

Medium body, dry, almost puckering sour at times. Lively drinking, bright flavor and probably the first pumpkin beer I actually liked. Lower abv is nice too, allowing the tart and flavor to shine without any alcohol warmth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 16:17:29 | More by xnicknj
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color; some particles are visible floating in suspension. Gently swirling the glass produces a rather large head.
S: The aroma is slightly sour and has some notes of funkiness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather tart and sour with notes of spices and oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The tartness and spices in this beer make it one that probably needs to be sipped.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 19:30:19 | More by metter98
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BMoney575

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-8-10
Batch 610
Bottled on 8-20-10

Pours a very cool orange color, completely cloudy, with an immense white head that sits an inch thick and doesn't move. No lacing, as the whole head just slides down.

Smell is sweet and fruity at first, then a pleasant sourness comes through. Very delicate, with deeper aromas of caramel and pumpkin as it warms.

Taste is very tart and sour, with just a hint of pumpkin spice coming through. Not as sweet or interesting as I had hoped, but balanced and well made.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated to go with the tartness, but also has an enjoyable thickness.

Drinkability is good, lower abv makes for a nice sour session beer.

Overall, a good beer, but could have been better,

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:43:23 | More by BMoney575
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jampics2

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a tulip and enjoyed while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. If they had only known what was in my glass, those kids would have thrown the candy back at me and demanded a sip ;)

The beer is darker than I imagined it would be. It's a reddish orange color with copper and amber touches. The beer is cloudy and a bit eerie looking - perfect for all Hallows Eve. Some beautiful lace is left behind as the white head subsides.

La Parcela has a very pleasant smell, but it could be more in line with the pumpkin ale theme. It only has very faint hints of cacao and spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). It's more of a funky beer - a slight tart and sour touch is complimented by brett and a touch of sweet malt. The yeast added more spices than the JP crew, and I get hints of funk and herbs, and a touch of black pepper. Interesting but I'd like to sense more festive notes of chocolate and ginger and cinnamon. This is the exact opposite of Southern Tier Pumking.

The taste is really great if I put aside the expectations that I'll be bowled over by a deluge of chocolate and spices. There's caramel malt and some nice hints of ginger. The pumpkin flesh is present, adding some nice vegetable and fruit tones. The beer has some wildness but not the normal JP brett, which I'm not a huge fan of. Instead, a tart edge and lemon and ginger notes present a flavor almost reminiscent of tea.

The beer has a medium body and just enough carbonation to make this feel good in my mouth. It isn't as carbed as other JP offerings that literally jump out of the bottle. The beer is very drinkable, but I can't help but wonder if this is a trick. While I enjoyed this, I can imagine JP would do much, much better with this beer if they abandoned the "less is more" routine for one seasonal. To me, a seasoned beer drinker, this is a treat to be savored. To an average beer drinker taking a chance on a beer described as having spices and cacao nibs, this may be a dissapointment

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 21:33:27 | More by jampics2
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L growler received in a trade with psprings. Thanks Paul! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Bright orange in color, crystal clear...nice finger of white foam that falls fairly quickly and leaves behind a thin collar and sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Spicy cinnamon over a healthy dose of barnyardy funk...great surprise - didn't know this had brett. Some pumpkin aroma comes thru with the spice. This smells pretty amazing - pumpkin pie and brett.

T - Bretty, barnyard funk, pumpkin over the top of lactic sourness at the base. Nice combo with the light spices and some light malt sweetness around the fringes.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium bodied. Mid level carbonation, just enough tingle to give it some life. Nice barnyard funk on every inhale enhancing the spicy nature underneath.

D - This was a very pleasant surprise. Funky pumpkin beer...gotta love it. A somewhat unique take on the pumpkin beer. Very interesting and enjoyable...pretty easy drinker with lots of character.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2010 18:59:07 | More by portia99
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, Batch 610, bottled on my mother's birthday of all days,

A: Pours a dark cloudy orange with a huge white head, had to wait a bit to drink it. Leaves lots of lace.

S: Pumpkin flesh, very squashy with some lemon and acid. Some winter spice.

T: Sweet citrus with a moderate acid. The pumpkin and spice flavour is light (compared with the nose), but it is there.

M: Moderate acidity, medium-bodied, dry slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Interesting beer for sure. I got more of a classic JP beer compared to a pumpkin beer; this is nowhere near as overt as most pumpkin beers on the market. But it is tasty, and with the dearth of pumpkin beers in CA, it was certainly nice to see another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 07:48:44 | More by Halcyondays
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djbreezy

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR

appearance - orange/amber, sticky lace, foamy head

smell - pumpkin, nutmeg, spice, cinnamon

taste - surprisingly tart, pumpkin and nutmeg, cinnamon and spice, fairly subtle and a bit overwhelmed by the tartness

mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation

drinkability - flavorful, a bit unique for a pumpkin beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 06:03:15 | More by djbreezy
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Axic10

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 604, bottled on 8-17-10.

Appearance: Pours golden with a half finger of head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Usual Jolly Pumpkin tartness, oak and spices, some subtle pumpkin as it warms up.

Taste: Really funky off the start. I'm getting some oak, funky yeast, mild pumpkin and the cocoa and spices. Not your typical pumpkin beer, but then again, pumpkin beers tend to taste like pumpkin pie (all spice!).

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Definitely going to pick up another bottle of this. Not the typical overly sweet pumpkin pie spiced bomb. Very enjoyable and interesting take on a pumpkin beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:15:30 | More by Axic10
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John_M

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's. Casey must have bought a bunch of this, as it's been on tap for over a month now.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey orange color with good head retention and lacing. The draft version of this beer seems to have developed a bit, as I'm not getting a bit of honey and sour funk, along with the pumpkin spices. It's attractive. On the other hand, the beer seems to have deteriorated a bit when it comes to the flavor profile. I now get very little pumpkin spice, and the sour and slight hoppy bitterness seem to dominate. The beer has something of a peppery finish, and is fairly dry. The initial light sweetness is barely noticeble in the face of the light sour and pepper. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin, though I'm sure the low abv. is partially rsponsible for that. The beer finishes fairly well, and drinkability isn't bad.

While still not what I was hoping for from Jolly Pumpkin, this is still one of the more interesting pumpkin beers out there (assuming this beer even qualifies - there really isn't a whole lot of pumpkin going on at this point.). Not terrible...

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 21:02:29 | More by John_M
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this one for Halloween. Typical JP pour, meaning nice carbonation and nice head. Dark auburn body, nice off white head. Aroma is all JP funk, and to be honest, not that different from La Roja. And, I am sorry to say, taste follows suite. Some oak, some dark fruits and apples. Lightly tart and funky. But spice? Not getting it. Not getting it in the nose not getting it in the taste. That being said, this is a delicious beer, and I would definately buy it again. But as a pumpkin beer, this one falls short.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 14:53:08 | More by Onibubba
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Phelps

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

La Parcela

A pumpkin ale...from Jolly Pumpkin? MADNESS! This bottle was received in a trade from Bulbman and poured into my perfect pint glass. Batch 610, bottled 8-13-10.

A: pours a cloudy tangerine, obscuring my fingers behind to scattered shadows. A sticky, poofy one-finger head of light sandy orange caps the pumpkin-colored brew, setting up camp for quite a while. Lovely, super-thick webs of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

S: from the smell of it, this will be my first experience with a sour pumpkin beer. Tart lemon, apricot, wheat. In the background is an enticing sweetness: pumpkin puree! A tiny bit of spices (clove and nutmeg) round it all out. Interesting.

T: the tartness from the nose drops off dramatically here. It's still present in the form of lemon juice, but in a largely subdued manner. There might be a bit of sweet pumpkin, but I'm struggling hard to find it. Spicy clove and cinnamon emerge slightly as the beer warms, but there's no hint of the cacao the label so proudly proclaims. The finish is obliterating: upon the swallow, pretty much all semblance of flavor is washed away; only a lingering soft tartness remains. Crisp, for a wild ale. I actually enjoy it more between sips than I do while drinking.

M: soft and smooth about the palate, medium-light in body, with a medium-light peppery carbonation.

D: La Parcela holds no secrets. It's more tolerable as the beer warms, but I became tired of the beer halfway through the bottle. There just isn't enough complexity -- or enough pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 06:46:52 | More by Phelps
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this on draft at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC.
Pours a hazy orange brown color with a thin white head and little retention
Smell is faint. Mainly Brett tartness with some floral spicy notes.
Taste Follows the nose with tart start, lots of funkyness and a spicy hint of cinammon and nutmeg towards the very end.
Body is moderate to light with moderate carbonation. This has an amazing aftertaste leaving your mouth salivating.
Different than your average pumpkin beer. I wonder if it is in the right category (maybe wild ale?). But you just gotta love Jolly Pumpkin!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 22:27:45 | More by paulozanello
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BierFan

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 579. Bottled on 8/10/10. ABV of 5.9%.

Appearance: Two fingers of off-white foam. Hazy amber body. Great lacing and head retention.

Smell: Certainly smells like a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Tartness. I can't really detect much of the spice.

Taste: The acidic tartness takes center stage like in other Jolly Pumpkin beers. The pumpkin flavor is noticeable fairly quickly but the spices don't emerge until after the tartness has subsided.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 05:09:54 | More by BierFan
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 610. Bottled 8/13/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma begins as your basic pumpkin ale. I get some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. However, since it is a Jolly Pumpkin beer, you know there will be some tartness and it is present in the aroma.

The flavor is pumpkin, brett, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a low amount of tartness in the flavor, but the beer is more funky than sour.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice, interesting take on a pumpkin beer. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:45:42 | More by Mora2000
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to erikkoppin for sending me out one of the few JP Beers I am yet to review. I have been holding off on reviewing this until today... which is a damn appropriate time seeing as it is Halloween. Cheers Erik!

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear dark amber color into my Jolly Pumpkin pint glass (I'll pour the rest into a tulip - just had to use the appropriate JP glass to start!). About a finger and a half of head are achieved with a careful pour, that dissipates rather slowly leaving what looks like a marshmallow consistency on the top of the beer, and leaves nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Honestly, relatively one dimensional which is a somewhat surprise for a JP beer. I get massive amounts of barnyard funk, slight vinegar, and just a hint of spices - I was hoping the spices would show through a bit more. Once this warms up a bit I may re-visit this section if the spices make themselves a bit more prevalent.

Taste - Woah. Wipe away the slight disappointment with the aroma. The taste smacks you in the face immediately. As I always state in my reviews, Jolly Pumpkin has its own "style" which everyone is aware of (and if they are not they rate accordingly, heh). Every beer has a funk twist to it. This is no different. However, just as I was pleasantly surprised when I tried Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire, this beer has a very different approach to the normal JP I am used to. The initial flavor is of sweet brown sugar/caramel, yet oddly this still makes me pucker. This sweetness is gone considerably fast which leads to a clean and crisp barnyard funk - it is more tart than funky/musty. While I really am searching for pumpkin flavor within this beer, the spices make themselves known at the tail end of the sip. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa. The sweet and sour flavors meld amazingly. Erik wasn't joking when he said this is one of his favorite offerings by JP.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a tad on the lighter side, moderate carbonation, finishes with a great crisp flavor, which leaves you begging for more.

Drinkability - So much so. I really wish I could find this on tap out here (non-existent in CA sadly) because if I did, I would drink about 10 pints of these. Not over the top like some of the other JP beers where a bomber is plenty...this one is insanely easy to quaff and as stated, the flavors really do meld into making this a nice sweet and sour beer. Damn good, damn enjoyable. Very glad I was able to try this.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:57:50 | More by SpdKilz
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, at least a year old, poured into my Duvel tulip.

La Parcela pours somewhere between a crystal clear orange and deep goldenrod depending on the lighting. The slightly off white head is massive, filling half the glass. It sticks around for a while to boot, and leaves a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. Just a bit more and La Parcela would have garnered a 5 for looks. The nose is completely dominated by whatever critters JP put into this beer, it's straight funk with just a touch of vinegar skulking around in the background. I expected La Parcela to be much more of a wild ale than a pumpkin one at this point , but I can still find evidence of it's pumkin-ness in the flavor. A brief swirl of brown sugar leads off before the wild influence barges in to take center stage. As with the nose, it's more funky than sour, but both are definitely still present. The beer closes with a flourish from some of the traditional pumpkin ale spices, predominantly cinnamon. Mouthfeel is superb, the beer is light and nimble without even suggesting a watery characteristic. In addition the carbonation, while high, is a bit more restrained than I find in some wild ales. It's still plenty expressive, but it's not bubbly to the point of distraction. La Parcela is a great beer after a year plus of aging, but I think I might have enjoyed it a bit more a little sooner, when the pumpkin ale aspects were shining through a bit more. Still, all in all a great way to kick off Halloween this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:33:19 | More by axeman9182
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, purchased at DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

"Batch 160, Bottled 8-13-10" on a sticker on back of the bottle.

Pours heavily hazed, lighter brown, typical smaller head, leaves respectable lighter lace.

Lighly bretted nose, light vinagar note also coming through. Musty, earthy, funkyness burbling along just benenth the surface.

Interesting and tasty brew. Moderate sour note, soft brown ale characteristics, more light vinagar.

Pleasant bite, cut through, the earthy and tomato notes of my spicy chile. Nice wintery brew. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:55:43 | More by Billolick
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beerhan

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not your typical pumpkin beer. It is not very sweet and is more like a very un-sour sour ale. It pours a very pumpkin like color with a nice foamy head. Smells yeasty with maybe a spruce of pumpkin. Tastes like a pumpkin lambic with the most subtle of all flavors. Feels a little tart on the tongue. Quite drinkable but after a while the flavor gets a little old. Overpriced but pretty good.

Edit (10-21-2013)

Tried this on draft at a place that oddly enough was serving this by the pint...

Much nicer than its bottle counter part. Very effervescent and spicy. I still think the pumpkin flavor is minimal but it was a bit more sour yet still one of the least sour Jolly Pumpkin beers that I have had. Very murky but almost no head but rather that acidic sizzle. This however is the one pumpkin beer I think that should be released early, by the time this comes out every year it is a little cold for a refreshing sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 17:27:51 | More by beerhan
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A perfect beer for Hallow's Eve I would imagine. Batch 598, bottled 08-11-10.

A- Pours dark orange with a huge creamy, very fine bubbled head that has super retention. Infinite amounts of fine creamy lace, beauty.

S- Like a Jolly Pumpkin Ale. Sour bacterial produced notes up front with some funk in the background. Slight pumpkin and spice in the very background.

T- Very interesting, was expecting more sour than this. Actually a "light" feeling flavor. Starts with earthy, lactic and slight spice. Finishes with sour citrus that fades into bready yeast and very slight earthy-vegetable-pumpkin (it seems to be hit or miss, not in all sips) and Autumn spices. Slight cocoa. Some wine/vinous hints of grapes from sour.

MF- Very, very spectacular. The beer feels like a cloud on the tongue, extremely light but 100% cream. Some cheek puckering sourness and very slight bitterness. Probably the best non-stout, non-thick mouthfeel I have ever experienced.

DB- Actually pretty damn easy to throw back due to the body and lack of fatiguing sour. I actually enjoy the spice mixed with the slight lactic a lot (can't justify a high grade due to style and the obvious reason that they call this their pumpkin beer), a cool blend of interesting flavor... I obviously wish the pumpkin would be bumped up a bit for a fresh squash blast.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:12:11 | More by cbutova
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david131

California

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 610
Bottled 8-20-10
5.9% ABV

A- A very hazy luminiscent, orange liquid with a monstrous bone white head that has astounding retention. The lacing is far above average too.

S- Funk, flowers, and some light spices. A little on the lighter side of some Jolly Pumpkin beers, but it is very nice.

T- Some oak, light spices, funk, flowers. Slightly sour. A little odd with the spices...

M- A perfectly creamy body with a dry, acidic finish. Perfect.

D- A very unique pumpkin ale. Drinks nice. I hate to say this, but it doesn't blow my doors off. If this was my first Jolly Pumpkin beer, I am sure I would feel differently.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:22:01 | More by david131
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JLeege

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 598, Bottled August 2010, into a flute

Appearance- Pours a vibrant orange, slight haze, with a fluffy 3 finger head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- tart green apple and the signature JP semi funky aroma. There is pumpkin and pumpkin spice as well but they are taking the back seat (at least for now).

Taste- Sweet, tart, fruity is what instantly hits you. Green apple. Then you get some subtle pumpkin and spice notes on the finish. There is the slightest chalky dryness on the finish, due to the cacao.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, very crisp.

Overall- The pumpkin is subtle in this one but it is a solid tart/slightly sour/funky ale. I like the taste of this, I just wish there was more pumpkin, reviewing this as a pumpkin ale, I can't give it too high of a score for taste. Has more saisons notes than anything else. Good, but JP has some much better offerings than this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:40:38 | More by JLeege
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An absolutely huge head even with a gentle pour...Very hazy orange body, tons of lacing.

S: I get the signiture JP sour/funk/cellar with a little of pumpkin style spice. Some vegetable smel in there too, a little faint for my liking.

T:Very short flavor on the palate with a very small aftertaste. Pleasant spice and pumpkin seed, Saison like wheat, a little funk but not much. Not very complex, but good overall.

M: Well Carbonated, thin feel in my opinion.

D: Not bad, but certainly not even close to the best JP beer out there, and there are much more interesting pumpkin beers too. Easy drinker overall, but nothing worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 04:36:03 | More by Dreadnaught33
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - An enormous head immediately explodes to fill the glass sits atop a cloudy orange brew. I am docking half a point here because the head was annoying.

S - Horse sweat foremost, hay, copper, squash, cinnamon and cloves.

T - The flavor is of horse sweat, pumpkin and white pepper. There is some faint chocolate, hay, coriander and allspice. Aftertaste is of cacao, white pepper and grassy hops. The flavor is really

M - A bit harsh from high carbonation, medium body, pretty refreshing.

D - Good. I had no trouble finishing the whole bottle. If it wasn't so pricey, I'd happily have it again. Jolly Pumpkin is a great brewery, but their prices are intense.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 04:20:16 | More by mrasskicktastic
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark hazy amber with a light white head that quickly subsides to just lacing at the edges.

Smell of sour apple, pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, cloves, and oak.

Taste of tart apples, oak, light pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and a little funk. There is such a small amount of funk in this beer that I hardly thought it was even Jolly Pumpkin after opening it. There is however that familiar funky oak flavor that all Jolly Pumpkin beers have. While I have never especially thought that JP made any jaw dropping wild ales, I would say that this one is by far the most drinkable. There is a very light body and a hefty carbonation which although make it more palatable; I can hardly say make it a great beer.

More complex than some pumpkin brews? yes, and I have to give credit for not just making an imperial pumpkin ale with spices like many other breweries seem to be doing now. Good for breaking the pumpkin fall ale 'mold' (no pun intended) , however it just tastes too watered down and not sour enough for it to be worth the $16 tag.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:04:58 | More by alpinebryant
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 579 bottled 08/10/10

Hazy pumpkin orange body, rather fitting for a pumpkin ale. Massive head develops from even a careful pour, I would expect nothing less from Jolly Pumpkin. Frothy head recedes leaving a moderate cap. Thick splotchy lacing left scattered around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is rather interesting. Pumpkin, spices and cacao aromas are more prevalent immediately after the pour when the carbonation is more lively. As the beer settles a tart apple aroma begins to overwhelm the aforementioned aromas. A touch of oak is nestled in beneath bring a bit of continuity to the nose.

The Pumpkin Ale category does not seem accurate to the tongue at first sip. With a strong tartness and sweet apple flavors La Parcela comes off more as a spiced cider. As the beer warms the pumpkin does emerge though the tart apple flavor never fully diminishes. Dried spices and cacao are left on the back of the palate, quite the pleasant flavor to be left lingering.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation. The finish is dry though a few subtle flavors are left lingering.

From a style in which the differences are usually minimal, Jolly Pumpkin manages to set itself apart. Pleasant complexity and flavor progression. Drinkability is rather high, sitting and having a couple is certainly no chore. One to check out if you can get your hands on.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 22:55:04 | More by kzoobrew
La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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